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Maradona: made in Glasgow

Diego Maradona in action at Hampden  in 1979

Hampden Park, 2 June 1979: The 18-year-old Diego Armando Maradona revealed his genius to the world as Argentina took on Scotland in an international friendly at a sun-splashed Hampden

Diego Maradona gave a viruoso display at Hampden in 1979

The relatively unknown teenager gave a virtuoso display, with Scotland at times unable to get the ball off him; here he slips past the statue-like John Wark and Alan Hansen (number 6)

Diego Maradona in full flow at Hampden

With tongue hanging out like a boisterous puppy, the young Maradona dazzled the 61,918 Hampden crowd with a performance of free-flowing trickery

Diego Maradona (left) and Kenny Dalglish

A perspiring Kenny Dalglish, himself no slouch with a football at his feet, appears mesmerised by the chunky teenager's wizardry

Leopoldo Luque (far right) scored two goals for Argentina in a 3-1 victory

Maradona (far left) watches as team-mate Leopoldo Luque scores one of his two goals in the 3-1 victory; Maradona himself scored the first of his 34 international goals at the famous old Glasgow ground

Diego Maradona skips past the challenge of Scotland's Paul Hegarty

A twinkle-toed Maradona skips past the despairing challenge of Scotland defender Paul Hegarty

Maradona faces up to Scotland striker Kenny Dalglish

Two football legends face up to each other as Maradona attempts to out-fox Scotland's Kenny Dalglish. Scotland manager Jock Stein said at the time: "He's 5ft 5in but is 12ft tall on talent."

Maradona (far left) salutes the Hampden crowd after Argentina's friendly victory

Maradona (far left) dons a Scotland top and salutes the Hampden support after Argentina's 1979 friendly victory

Diego Maradona arrives at Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport, 16 November 2008: Twenty-nine years after blinding the city with his brilliance, Maradona, now coach of Argentina, is met by a scrum of photographers' flashbulbs on his return to Glasgow

Diego Maradona arrives at Glasgow Airport

The diminutive 48-year-old Argentine is engulfed by the media as Maradona-mania hits Scotland

Diego Maradona arrives at Glasgow Airport

Maradona had little to say to the massed ranks of the Scottish media at the airport but he did at least raise a 'finger of God' before boarding the Argentina team bus

Maradona is at the centre of things as he takes charge of a seven-a-side match during a training session at Celtic Park

Maradona is at the centre of things as he takes charge of a seven-a-side match during a training session at Celtic Park

Young Celtic player Adam Brown is held aloft by Maradona after he found Fernando Gago's lost St Christopher medallion on the pitch

Young Celtic player Adam Brown is held aloft by Maradona after he found Fernando Gago's lost St Christopher medallion on the pitch

Diego Maradona at the pre-match media conference

At his pre-match media conference Maradona causes a minor rumpus by suggesting England's third goal didn't cross the line in the 1966 World Cup final

Diego Maradona

Maradona oversees his players warming up on the Hampden pitch as kick-off for the friendly match against Scotland approaches

Diego Maradona

Maradona waves from the dugout as his first match as manager of Argentina gets underway



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